Andrea Bocelli will officially open “Firenze Hometown of Fashion” singing in a unique concert with the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at 7.00 p.m., Monday, 16 June at the Opera di Firenze, the new opera house in the Parco della Musica e della Cultura.
“Andrea Bocelli is a person of extraordinary humanity. An artist who conveys the finest image of Italy and represents us as a true ambassador of the qualities that maintain our country’s reputation. I asked him to open this extraordinary program, Firenze Hometown of Fashion, as a gift, that I personally felt duty-bound to offer to our international guests from the world of fashion”. said Stefano Ricci, president of the Florentine fashion compagny that bears his name.
The concert by Andrea Bocelli, with the 70 piece Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and soprano Patrizia Orciani, will be directed by Eugene Kohn, one of the most famous orchestra conductors who has accompanied both Mr. Bocelli (including his first performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, 2011) and Placido Domingo on several world tours.
Mr. Kohn began his career at a young age, as the piano accompanist to opera stars such as Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli and Renata Tebaldi. During his career he has conducted in some of the world’s principal theaters: Wiener Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Under den Linden in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. He has been a frequent guest-conductor of the Washington Opera, where among many productions he conducted I Pagliacci, Tosca, La Bohème, Un Ballo in Maschera, Fedora, Andrea Chénier and Madama Butterfly.
In her long and prestigious career, Patrizia Orciani has performed on some of the most important stages in the world, such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Operhnaus in Zurich, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Arena di Verona, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under batons of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Gustav Kuhn, Lorin Mazel and Daniel Oren. A sublime Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and magnificent Maddalena (Andrea Chénier) she recently obtained a great success with her first performance as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera. She will be back with the Maggio Musicale in September for Il Campiello.
The concert program will be a selection of the most beautiful Italian operatic arias.